Pupils at St Mary’s Catholic High School in Menston, West Yorkshire, dress up as angels, pirates, Gollum from Lord of the Rings and Where's Wally? characters

St Mary’s Catholic High School in Menston, West Yorkshire, recently held a very successful sixth form fancy dress day.

Over 250 students and staff arrived for lessons in multi-coloured costumes, each one donating £10 to the school’s annual Advent appeal, proceeds from which were sent to St Gemma’s Hospice, Cafod, Catholic Care and Martin House.

There were many different imaginative and creative costumes, some made by the students themselves, including a treasure chest with attendant deep sea divers, a Rubik’s Cube, two Black Swans, Gollum from Lord of the Rings, angels, gorillas, pirates, santas, geishas and the Queen of Hearts, to name but a few.

The staff, not to be outdone, also joined in with some departments following a particular theme. The PE department arrived dressed as characters from the Where’s Wally? series and the Performing Arts faculty were beautifully crafted Christmas tree decorations.

Gerry Sayers, director of sixth form, better known on the day as Marie Antoinette, said: “I am always so proud of these special young people, who once again responded to my request to be role models to the younger students by leading the way in our major fundraising event in the calendar. They raised over £2,000 in one day and each student is to be commended for their generosity and for creating a very happy day for all in our school. The younger students marvelled at the original, funny and imaginative costumes. A great day was had by all.”